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Indrajith Bandaranayake was one of the finest wingers

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Indrajith Bandaranayake is now domiciled in Australia. He played just one season of rugby for his alma mater under the coaching of Vidyartha College’s Z.M. Zarook who helped him to cut his teeth in rugby at the tender age. In school it was at cricket, football and athletics that he excelled. He was an aggressive batsman and good medium pacer with good scores from the bat and a wicket taker

He captained his school in all age groups and skippered the senior side in his final year in school in 1990 Like his father the late Lucky Bandaranayake, he too was a good cricketer and a footballer. But it was at rugby that he made his mark after leaving school He turned out for Kandy Sports Club for the first time in 1990. He played for Kandy Sports Club from 1990 to 2005. He also led the national side.He did not turn out for the club for two years from 1996 as he was in Australia with the family. But he rejoined the club in 1998 and helped them to go from strength.to strength and captained Sri Lanka at the Singapore Sevens in November 1998

He took over the captaincy of Kandy Sports Club once again in 2000 for the Clifford Cup Knock out Tournament and led them to victory by overcoming Army by39-12 in the final at Nittawela after they had a poor league season under the leadership of Dunstan de Silva

During his playing days he who did the spade work by out pacing the ball and switched passes in the proper way. He was a player who scoredi tries i by the corner flag He is to run clever support lines, used to kick intelligently, and dive over the line if given a chance.

He used to position in a good way and always switched on to an opportunity to get over the gain line and the try line.

He also played for Up- Country and Outstation Schools. The Nittawela club honoured him by naming one of the terraces at Nittawela as the ‘Indrajith Bandaranayake terrace‘ and was declared open by none other than Mahinda Rajapaksa who was the Prime Minister at that time too.

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